Students at St. John Neumann Regional Academy received a lesson on helping others during a project recently where they made several items for residents at the Williamsport Home.
Although several grade levels helped make the items, students in the second grade were on hand last week to pass them out and spend time with the residents.
Shannon Eichensher, second-grade teacher, explained that the items, which included fleece blankets, table place mats and hand-made rosaries, were created during the weeklong celebration of Catholic schools.
Second graders at St. John Neumann Regional Academy sing to the Williamsport Home residents during a presentation recently where they gave them hand-made items.
St. John Neumann Regional Academy second-grade student Ava Matz embraces her great-grandmother Mary Hamm after giving her a blanket. Students at St. John Neumann made fleece blankets, table place mats and rosaries for residents at the Williamsport Home.
"They're very caring, these students. They have big hearts," Eichensher said.
Eichensher explained that during the weeklong celebration, the school decides on a service project to help a group in the area. She added that the goal is to "give back to the community. To help others that are less-fortunate." Students made the items in January, but needed to wait until after flu season to deliver them.
Students, led by music teacher Mary Troutman, sang several songs for the residents before handing out the items. Students performed three songs, which included the use of instruments and sign language.
Eichensher believes that the experience of seeing those they're helping will be good for the students.
"The experience, some of them don't realize how much joy they can bring to (the residents). I think it'll mean a lot more to them," she said what she hopes the students take away from the day.
The second-grade students that helped deliver the items made the rosaries, and said it was a good experience.
"We're happy that we can make other people happy," Maddy Fiorini, second grader, said.
Fiorini explained that there was a pattern for how to make the colorful rosaries, but they were allowed to make them any way they wanted to.
"I learned that you help people with rosaries," she said when asked what she learned from the project.
Ava Matz, whose great-grandmother was one of the residents who received items, also was happy to help with the project. She said it was a good feeling to help those who may be having a bad day.
"If they're sad and don't want to be here, we can make them happy," she said.